Spring Allergies: Which Flowers to Watch Out For
One of the best parts of spring is the bright and vibrant flowers blooming along sidewalks, out of window boxes and in every flower pot. However, the breezy spring air also means an abundance of airborne pollen from grass, trees, plants and yes, flowers too.
If you're someone who lives with seasonal allergies you can still enjoy beautiful spring flowers with varieties that are least likely to trigger allergy symptoms.
The Best Flowers for Those with Allergies
Some of the prettiest flowers are actually OK for those who experience itchy eyes and runny noses during the spring. In hues of pink, blue, white and even purple, the hydrangea plant is a great option for those with allergies and it looks lovely in any garden, window box or vase. The iris, tulip and periwinkle are other lush flowers that are unlikely to provoke sneezing and sniffling. Even the flower of love, the rose, is a great hypo-allergenic choice.
In the case of the delicate lily, carefully cut the stamen from your bouquet of lilies to eliminate the pollen source. Be sure to wear gardening gloves and snip with a with a pair of garden scissors before bringing them indoors. Or, ask a local garden center to do this part for you.
Flowers to Avoid
For those living with seasonal allergies, it is best to avoid any flower or plant from the asteraceae family as they tend to produce the highest levels of pollen. Some popular flowers from this species include daisies, dahlias and some types of sunflowers. Additionally any flowers related to weeds such as ragweed, sagebrush or Russian thistle, are best avoided as well. Avoid using most types of grass in your window boxes as well, as most are big culprits of pollen.
And even for those plants that do trigger allergies - you can still display them around your home, as long as you purchase female versions. Different than male plants, female flowers do not produce the same yellow pollen causing you to sneeze and sniffle.
How to Enjoy Springtime Flowers
Most importantly, talk to your local garden center or landscaper about potting, planting and gardening. They will have the most knowledge about the various types and species of plants and flowers and will be able to guide you in the right direction.
Using an air purifier during the springtime, especially when you're gardening, is key for helping to reduce the airborne allergens in your home. Best for helping to remove particles and environmental pollutants, the Holmes® Mini-Tower Air Purifier with HEPA-Type Filter is highly effective at aiding in cleaning your indoor air. It's also portable and space-saving to give you ultimate comfort and convenience at the same time. Simple and quiet to operate, this air purifier has a HEPA-type filter that helps to remove 99 percent of airborne particles from air passing through the filter.